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Christie Calls For Education, Pension Reform In First State Of State Address

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his first State of the State message to a joint legislative session in Trenton, indicating that, while there’s been great progress in turning the Garden State around, the work is far from finished.

After citing accomplishments, most notably property and arbitration award caps, Christie said the state needed to remain on the path of fiscal responsibility.

“We have to continue to make some very tough decisions about what we can afford and what we can’t. Next month, I will present to you a budget for fiscal year 2012 and I’ll guarantee you this. It will be balanced and it will not raise taxes,” said Christie.

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Christie called for pension and education reform, suggesting an end to teacher tenure and a need for state workers to make personal contributions to their retirement fund.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio; Robin Rieger, CBS 3

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  • Lynn

    Reading Bill’s comment above shows that the governor is trying to capitalize on the uninformed public’s viewpoint! Teacher’s have always contributed to their pension – it is the governor who has withheld the STATE’S contribution. Amazing how he won’t discuss this fact! In addition, does he have any idea what teachers make? Not the few who are at the top of the scale, which he likes to portray as all teachers, but the majority? Be honest governor – stop hiding behind partial information.

    • Bill

      Yes I stand corrected. NJ Teachers do pay into retirement via TPAF I think it is called. I don’t know what he is talking about then. The state still pays for teachers health insurance though, correct? Maybe that’s what he meant.

  • Dave

    FYI, NJ State workers already make contributions to their retirement fund

    • Bill

      I think he meant that NJ State Teachers should make retirement contributions. I think the state of NJ pays for all the teacher’s retirement and medical insurance costs under their current contract.

      • Tom

        NJ teachers most certainly do pay for their retirement pension, each and every paycheck. The state is the one that hasn’t met it’s obligations and has missed most of it’s payments for the past 10 years or so.

      • Rosemary

        I was a NJ educator for 35 years. I have made significant contributes from each paycheck. When I retired in 2005, my monthly payment was over $750. Per month. What the hell is he talking about.

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